Hi! This will be a quick one. Kieran cannot post today due to some internet failure, but might be posting something tomorrow, so apologies on his behalf.
So yesterday, huh? Before the game, I’m sure everyone’s thoughts were along the lines of: ‘It’s only Huddersfield. We should score at least 3!’. And after the first goal went in, I bet even the Huddersfield players might have feared for the worst!
But it is Arsenal, afterwards. We LOVE making things hard for ourselves. Majority of our games have to be pulsating, nail-biting, heart-attack-inducing, regardless of the opposition. Good value for money if we win, I say! But yeah, in honour of this nature of ours, our dearest Mr Squillaci committed a silly foul in the first-half, a last-man foul according to the referee, leading to his dismissal.
I couldn’t watch the game on tv, so listened on the radio majority of the time, and from the moment Squillaci got sent off, it was all Huddersfield. A combination of poor defending, poor shooting accuracy, good defending, good goalkeeping meant we led at half-time. But the wave of pressure was relentless in the second half and they finally equalised.
The match was fairly comical on our part, what with us almost being reduced to 9 mine with Denilson I think it was, having pulled up injured, with either cramps or a hamstring injury. But like the trooper he is, he continued playing, not that he was able to contribute much, but better to play with 9 and a half men than 9 men, eh? Nasri got injured in similar fashion in the first half I think it was, and the club have confirmed that he’ll be out for two/three weeks. 2 months it is then. Massive shame though, as he’s most likely going to miss the Barca game at the Emirates! I’m beginning to see a pattern from last season…
But yeah, like with all good scripts, out hero came on later on and saved the day with a dodgily-won penalty, I hear. Regardless of how it was won, it was scored, meaning we avoided yet another cup replay! Poor huddersfield, though. They’d given us a run for our money. Although the behaviour of their players on Twitter afterwards suggests we ought to afford them no sympathy! But Benik Afobe’s on loan there at the moment, so I guess we have to play nice.
Regardless of the fact that we were pushed by a League One team, it was a cracking cup-tie. That’s how all cup-ties should be. And now it’s on the next round. We play Leyton Orient away in the 5th round, which should be another good game. So long as we win, I do not mind there being unbelievable drama!
Enough about yesterday though, and today’s January 31st. Ring any bells? It probably won’t, seeing as we hardly ever participate! Today’s only the January transfer window deadline day. The window shuts at 11pm apparently. Very odd time. But I guess that gives clubs longer to sign players, or in our case, more time for those wanting a new signing to moan about our lack of activity.
I’m not going to worry about us signing or not signing anyone, but will definitely be following the action! You can too, here! Torres to Chelsea for £50m? Andy Carroll to Liverpool (£30m having been rejected already by Newcastle)?
Should be a good one! Just don’t go about expecting any Arsenal signings…